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Spring, summer, winter or fall—there’s always a lot to do outdoors in Ottawa! But no matter the weather forecast, you must protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun to avoid brown spots, dryness, cracking, wrinkling, and even cancer. The Ottawa Clinic’s dermatologist, Dr. Macdonald, offers the following skincare tips for staying safe and having fun while outdoors in all four seasons. 1) Check the UV index: Whether it’s for white water rafting on the mighty Ottawa River ... Continue Reading

Ever wonder what age is considered “normal” when it comes to wrinkles and other signs of aging? If so, you’re not alone. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are more and more people seeking non-invasive facial procedures including skin rejuvenation and resurfacing on common skin problems. “Acne scarring, rosacea, wrinkles and spider veins might be considered ‘normal’ by some, but there’s a lot that can be done to minimize or eliminate them,” says Dr. Trefor Nodwell, board-certified ... Continue Reading

It’s finally here… your beach vacation! You’ve waited all winter to dip your toes in the ocean and soak up the sun on the beach. But in all the excitement, you may have left actual planning to the last minute. Fear not, snow birds! The Ottawa Clinic has your checklist for an amazing beach vacation, sure to make you forget all about the snow in your driveway. Item 1: Your Beach Body If you’ve been dieting since Christmas, but still ... Continue Reading

In the winter, cold air hits the skin with force as people scurry from their cars to the cover of warmth. “Winter doesn’t bring only cold temperatures, but lower humidity too,” explains Dr. Jillian Macdonald, Royal College-certified dermatologist at The Ottawa Clinic. “This pulls moisture from people’s skin causing conditions such as asteatotic dermatitis, or eczema.” Cosmeceuticals, or pharmaceutical-strength skin care products, often contain retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A that helps regulate the turnover of the skin and shed ... Continue Reading

Mark your calendars for June 6, 2016 — the first day of Sun Awareness Week, hosted by the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) to raise awareness of the dangers of sun overexposure and ways to prevent rising incidences of skin cancer. “Changes and damage to skin cells can cause cancer, or create precancerous conditions,” says Dr. Jillian Macdonald, Royal College-certified dermatologist at The Ottawa Clinic. “Prolonged or repeated overexposure to the sun damages skin cells, ultimately increasing your risk of getting ... Continue Reading

“Every day people visit with questions about fine lines, brown spots and complexion irregularity — which are effects of overexposure to the sun,” says Dr. Trefor Nodwell, board certified plastic surgeon and founder of The Ottawa Clinic. In a recent interview with CTV Morning Live Ottawa, Dr. Nodwell spoke with host Lianne Laing about reversing the effects of sun damage and protecting skin from harmful UV rays. Dr. Nodwell brought Candace Derickx, founder of Life in Pleasantville, on air to ... Continue Reading

Most women get their first skincare and beauty tips from their mothers. As they age, each woman picks up new beauty tricks, and who better to share them with than mom? To celebrate Mother’s Day, here are three beauty treatments for mothers and daughters of all ages. Sun Protection Women in their 20s tend to like a healthy tanned look, but the effects of too much sun, such as sun spots and discoloration, become more pronounced with age. The risk ... Continue Reading

With Ottawa’s cold winters and harsh winds, our skin takes a major hit, and even staying indoors does not prevent damage. So, how do you keep your skin looking and feeling healthy? We asked Royal College-certified Dermatologist Dr. Jillian Macdonald of The Ottawa Clinic to share her winter skin care tips. “One of the most common conditions during the winter is dry, cracking skin that breaks out in a form of eczema known as asteatotic dermatitis,” says Dr. Macdonald. “Even ... Continue Reading